Since the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971, one trend has remained constant across all elections: our youngest voters have lower turnout rates than any other age group.
Years of research (see data from CIRCLE at Tuft’s University) reveal a number of ways to support young voters, and the potential solutions are as diverse as the communities served by our YMCAs around the country. That’s where you come in.
Every year, the Y will ask youth and adult staff/volunteers to sign our Youth Voter Pledge – an intragenerational effort to help transform the culture around youth voting in our schools and communities, ensuring the highest possible rates of youth voter turnout and engaging youth voices at all levels of government.
By signing our Youth Voter Pledge, you’ll commit to taking part in four national Civic Holidays with the goal of transforming youth participation in your school and community.
Sign the pledge below, and ask your peers/colleagues to do the same. We’ll be accepting pledges for 2021 until National Voter Registration Day on September 28th:
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Once you’ve signed the pledge, you’ll be eligible to receive grant funding to engage youth voters on your school campus, in your community, and/or through your local YMCA.
By signing our Youth Voter Pledge, you’ll take action on each of the Civic Holidays celebrated during the fall.
1.) National Voter Registration Day | Sept. 28th, 2021
2.) National Voter Education Week | Oct. 4-8, 2021
3.) Vote Early Day | Oct. 23, 2021
4.) Election Hero Day | Nov. 1, 2021
In addition to the organizations and resources already mentioned, we have also organized an additional list of links and materials to help support your youth voter outreach efforts: